1. South Korea
  2. Seoul
  3. Changdeokgung

Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

Product ID: 202042
Discover the dark history and ghost tales of Korea's 600-year-old capital city. Explore the dark alleyways, listen to stories from folklorists and historians, and learn things that you will not hear anywhere else. What (or who) lies under the concrete?
About this activity
Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Encounter spooky places where people had paranormal experiences
  • Listen to dark tales and true crime stories recorded in history
  • See some of Seoul's iconic landmarks in a different light
  • Meet new people on an enjoyable stroll through Seoul's winding alleys
  • Select "Premium Tour" to have an extended horror adventure through hidden alleys and secret spots
Full description
Prepare yourself for the creepiest, historically accurate, and frighteningly bone-chilling tales. Korea has a unique history that will suck you in. You will see places where bloody massacres occurred. You will walk under a bridge that carries a dark sinister secret. You will encounter three of Seoul's five palaces and learn the secrets about one of them that even Seoulites do not know.

Your tour will be led by a historian who will tell you the dark side of Korean history including Prince Suyang's slaughter of his nephew's men and the massacre at the site where Korea's first Western hospital was at. Tales in Japanese Colonial times will be shared while walking in royal palaces. The itinerary extends to other parts of Seoul such as Nagwon-dong and Chenggyecheon Stream. Hear modern urban legends, true crime events, and quirky secrets of buildings that the local government would prefer you did not know. You might actually meet a ghost so do not be too surprised.

You will get a basic orientation of Seoul’s layout and see many sites including the three of five palaces, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Tapgol Park, the Insa-dong neighborhood, Seoul City Hall, and the iconic Gwanghwamun Square. Your guide is an invaluable source of information and full tips about other places to see and eat. There will be restroom breaks and opportunities to have beverages and snacks.

If you want to explore the dark back alleys and secret spots filled with horror, take the "Premium Tour" for extended and exclusive story-sharing.
  • Guided tour
  • A little souvenir to keep away evil spirits
What’s Not Included
  • Pick up or drop-off at your accommodation
  • Food or drink, which is available to purchase

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• You must be at least 16 years old because some stories include violence and sex and are not suitable for children
• The tour is wheelchair accessible but it is not recommended for those with serious walking difficulties
• The tour schedule is tight because it must operate in accordance with the subway schedule
• It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather as the tour takes place outdoors
• Food and drink are not provided but it will be available to purchase during the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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We had a great experience with Shawn, he is very knowledgeable on Korean history and provides an in-depth and fun experience. Loved all the stories and history. Highly recommend. If you can go at the start of your trip, he makes excellent recommendations for things to do whilst in Seoul.

February 8, 2020

This is an amazing tour. Sean was so knowledgeable about folklore, history, politics, and ghost stories. This is one of the best tours we’ve taken. We love learning about a culture, and Sean was one of the most intelligent guides we’ve had in 6 months of traveling. Highly recommend.

September 11, 2019


Shawn was very knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed every story and explanation about landmarks and history.

August 1, 2019

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ZenKimchi International

Product ID: 202042